Heirs/The Inheritors is on a ratings tear this week. While episode 13 did a monster ratings leap past 20% on AGB, episode 14 continued the climb by breaking 22% while leaving its competitors Pretty Boy (6.1%) and Medical Top Team (6.0%) to battle it out for second place. It might even break 25% next week, apparently the ratings surged past 25% nationwide in the final minutes of episode 14. I’ve been watching Heirs since the beginning and the drama was so plodding for so long I actually gave up that it would having any significant ratings increase or get much better. This week’s two episodes proved me wrong on both fronts, though its fair to say the competition is weak and Heirs was always so hyped up it was actually a ratings disappointment until now. This is more up Kim Eun Sook‘s usual alley. Reports started swirling this week that Heirs was contemplating an extension of 2-episodes due to the drama’s ratings surge. The production company has stated that it plans to end Heirs at 20-episodes, and I think that is not only a prudent decision but also in line with what SBS had planned when it prepared its December schedule three weeks ago.
Heir’s follow up drama You From Another Star with Kim Soo Hyun and Jeon Ji Hyun was schedule to air on December 25th. That was placed on the calendar three weeks ago so I was already wondering if the one week gap between when Heirs would end and YFAS premiered was to prepare for an extension. But I heard its not and there was never any concrete plans for an extension. Kim Eun Sook plots her dramas well in advance, I can’t see her tacking on 2-episodes other than as pure fanservice. I don’t foresee any ratings swaps among the current three Wed-Thurs dramas for the remainder of Heirs run, but come mid-December Pretty Boy might have a chance to surge when Miss Korea with Lee Seon Kyun and Lee Yeon Hee takes over the MTT time slot while there is a gap on SBS before YFAS airs. I totally zonked out midway through episode 2 of PB so I’m dropping it for now unless I hear it becomes magically delicious soon. Despite the title being Pretty Boy, I’m actually more interested in the wacky obsessed Kim Bo Tong played by IU, a character that comes off as a grown-up and mentally deranged version of Kotoko/Xiang Qin/Hani from the Itazura Na Kiss franchise. IU makes her cute but the character is borderline freaky.
I think PB has its own niche and actually doesn’t compete with Heirs because the two dramas are night-and-day in style and story. Heirs definitely has a character trope for viewers to select which one is their favorite. I enjoyed the two new Heirs episodes this week, so much so that its washed away weeks of disappointment with this drama. I feel like its taken 14 weeks for me to truly love the OTP, as a couple and individually. She’s sudden got passion and a backbone, he’s suddenly learning to listen and communicate rather than order and stew in self-misery. I felt like Tan and Eun Sang were *gasp* fun in these episodes. I also appreciated seeing some improvement in Young Do, be it his behavior or his interactions with Eun Sang after the broadcast room confrontation. Thank god they could interact with underlying menace or fear. She sees he’s just a kid lashing out and he realizes she is going to treat him like a normal person and he acts that way around her. As for PB, it’s a little far-out for me and that’s saying a lot since I cut my teeth on mangas and far-out is pretty much the name of the game.